The place for all things wine, focused on serious wine discussions.
no avatar
User

Diane (Long Island)

Rank

Wine guru

Posts

731

Joined

Fri Apr 07, 2006 7:47 pm

WTN: 2007 Lagier Meredith Syrah

by Diane (Long Island) » Thu Nov 08, 2012 2:17 pm

A short visit to Napa was just enough time to navigate our way up the mountain to visit Carole Meredith and Steve Lagier. This was my first time tasting their wine, and I don't know why it has eluded me all these years, as it is in a style I enjoy.

After a tour of the property, we sat on their deck overlooking the vineyard above the fog, tasting both the 2010 and the 2007 LM Syrah. Both wines are stylish and restrained, and I bought an extra 2007 to open when we went back to Berkeley the next day to share with family with some Bryan Flannery NY Strips that we picked up on our drive back.

2007 Lagier Meredith Syrah - cherry and olive aromas. The palate is rich and complex. Intense cherry fruit with flashes of black olive and black pepper, but never interfering with the purity of the fruit. It has balanced acidity and firm tannins, and it is long and delicious.

Lagier Meredith is on my short, but growing, list of Napa and Sonoma wineries that produce wines in a restrained and appealing style.

Many thanks to Carole and Steve for their hospitality.
Diane
User avatar
User

Hoke

Rank

Achieving Wine Immortality

Posts

10565

Joined

Sat Apr 15, 2006 2:07 am

Location

Portland, OR

Re: WTN: 2007 Lagier Meredith Syrah

by Hoke » Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:16 pm

Feh. What does Carole Meredith know about wine? :mrgreen:
no avatar
User

Mike Pollard

Rank

Ultra geek

Posts

201

Joined

Tue Oct 09, 2007 7:53 pm

Location

San Diego

Re: WTN: 2007 Lagier Meredith Syrah

by Mike Pollard » Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:17 pm

Did you get a chance to taste their Mondeuse and Precious Bane? The Mondeuse is excellent, reminds me more of a Petite Sirah with all that tannin, but its still very much a pup. Precious Bane is an excellent Syrah fortified.

We visited last month and while that road up the mountain is not for the faint hearted (Steve said he has done it in reverse!) it is worth the effort to see the views they have and sample their wines. Anyone with a taste for Syrah should be on their mailing list.

A little trivia about Precious Bane; as told by Carole. Its named after a novel written by Mary Webb, the great aunt of Carole Meredith. A character in the book is named Jancis Beguildy. And the parent's of a very well know wine writer/critic named their child after her - Jancis Robinson!

Mike
User avatar
User

Dale Williams

Rank

Compassionate Connoisseur

Posts

7996

Joined

Tue Mar 21, 2006 5:32 pm

Location

Dobbs Ferry, NY (NYC metro)

Re: WTN: 2007 Lagier Meredith Syrah

by Dale Williams » Thu Nov 08, 2012 6:17 pm

I've enjoyed the couple of LM wines I've had
Glad to see you're in CA rather than LI, good timing!
no avatar
User

Diane (Long Island)

Rank

Wine guru

Posts

731

Joined

Fri Apr 07, 2006 7:47 pm

Re: WTN: 2007 Lagier Meredith Syrah

by Diane (Long Island) » Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:34 pm

Just a thing or two, Hoke. :D

I only tasted those two Syrah, Mike. I think Carol has also backed up or down the mountain in order to let another car pass.
That trivia note is fascinating. Carol is a wonderful story teller, in addition to making beautiful wine.

Dale, we were in Colorado the weekend of the hurricane with plans to fly to California that Monday. All of the east coast guests were stuck in Denver until later in the week when the airports opened. It was just dumb luck that we made those plans. I wish I was there now rather than have to deal with the ugly gas situation. Long Island was hit hard, but we were very fortunate with minimal damage. I know people who have had extensive damage, and some who have lost their homes. I hope you made out okay.
Diane
User avatar
User

Mark Lipton

Rank

Oenochemist

Posts

4348

Joined

Wed Mar 22, 2006 2:18 pm

Location

Indiana

Re: WTN: 2007 Lagier Meredith Syrah

by Mark Lipton » Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:20 am

Thanks for the note, Diane. I have some of the '07, having bought it on the strength of the wines we tasted when we visited Carole and Steve: the '04 and '05 Syrahs. They were exactly as you describe the '07, restraint being the operative word. The drive up to their place almost did my carsickness-prone wife in, however, but the hospitality of Carole and Steve, not to mention Carole's great homecured olives, shortly got her set straight again.

Mark Lipton
User avatar
User

David M. Bueker

Rank

Riesling Guru

Posts

22454

Joined

Thu Mar 23, 2006 12:52 pm

Location

Connecticut

Re: WTN: 2007 Lagier Meredith Syrah

by David M. Bueker » Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:44 am

I really enjoy the LM wines, and the '07 Syrah is especially delicious. With LM, Rhys, Anthill, Arnot-Roberts, ESJ, etc the volume of CA Syrah that I like is starting to exceed wallet/cellar capacity. Combine that with the "mandatory" Rhone purposes (e.g. Gonon), and the volume of Syrah entering the cellar is pretty large.
There behind the glass lies a real blade of grass. Be careful as you pass. Move along. Move along.
User avatar
User

Jon Peterson

Rank

The Court Winer

Posts

2982

Joined

Sat Apr 08, 2006 6:53 pm

Location

The Blue Crab State

Re: WTN: 2007 Lagier Meredith Syrah

by Jon Peterson » Fri Nov 09, 2012 1:02 pm

Thanks, Diane, you brought back really good memories of my visit there in Feb 2010. I still have three bottles left from that visit but have determined to order more, now that we can ship to Maryland.
I just wanted to inform you that I find you to be very attractive. Thank you and have a nice day.

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot], Google [Bot] and 1 guest

Powered by phpBB ® | phpBB3 Style by KomiDesign
cron